What is SACRYD?
SACRYD, (Strategic Alliance of Communities Rejecting Youth Destruction), is made up of people from the voluntary, faith and private sectors, parents, young people and Local Government and health organisations, all of whom are committed to tackling the knife and violent crime in our communities.
How will we do this?
By working together to identify solutions to knife and violent crime. This is not an individual problem, so we recognise that in order to try and solve it then we need to work together with those that want to achieve the same goal.
By creating leadership and other opportunities for young people, so that there are real alternatives that will support young people in making positive choices. We need people who can mentor young people, as positive role models, organisations that can provide work or other opportunities for young people to develop or enhance skills.
We will be working with organisations such as the media, local and national government, politicians, the Police, Health, and other organisations to look at how they can support us in our work. For example in some of the policies, laws, systems that are in place and how they may or may not have an effect on the work we are trying to achieve.
To raise some much needed funds to carry out the work of SACRYD: we need funding to support victims of knife and violent crime, to support organisations who are working with victims, and to help promote the work of members of SACRYD and other relevant organisations, all of whom want to tackle this problem.
Why should you join?
Well the fact that you have taken the time to read this leaflet so far, tells us that you too are concerned about what is happening, and you want to do something to help.
We need people to help deliver this huge programme of work, from typing the minutes at meetings, to organising events, to working with young people, to public speaking !!! Anything that you have to offer to help us is welcomed. We welcome membership from organisations or individuals that want to work with us.
Do I have to pay to join?
As with most things nowadays, there are costs to starting up and running an organisation, and one of the ways in which we will generate income is from membership fees, These fees will enable us to cover some of the administration costs, for example developing and maintaining the website, so members, families and young people can access much needed information when they need it most. To develop and maintain a phone line so that we can keep in touch with everyone .To provide support to families of victims, to carry out research so that we can find ways to bring about change, and to help those working with families and young people understand some of the current issues, so that they can work more effectively with families and young people.
Sounds interesting? Come and join us !!